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07-03-2007 10:56 PM
cardiacpaul with no destination in mind, we putz aroound, The Cuban soaks up the sun with the newest Patterson or cromwell and a half dozen diet cokes later, we head to the dock. Unless we don't.
07-03-2007 09:16 PM
SimonV One of the best things about sailing is typically you sail with no where to go and all day to get there. Oh the serenity.
07-03-2007 08:43 PM
sailingdog LOL... nope...wrong forum
Originally Posted by CapnHand
To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of the women!

Oh, sorry, I thought this was
07-03-2007 01:48 PM
CapnHand To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of the women!

Oh, sorry, I thought this was
07-03-2007 01:31 PM
TrueBlue When the typically brisk winds of Narragansett Bay are moving us along at hull speed, I spend my time discovering ways to move my boat even faster - that triumph I believe, is the jubilant reward most sailors savor whenever challenging the wind.

The engine may be utilized if lighter winds don't coincide with our planned perception of time and distance, or current patience level. But, if our purpose is to cleanse ourselves of the fast-paced mindset the working week forces us to obey - then we simply coast with the gentle breezes, while meditating upon the mesmerizing sounds of wind and water .
07-03-2007 01:20 PM
RAGTIMEDON Sailaway 21 said it all----My wife says it's a sickness, and I am also one of those who has no wish for a cure! Done properly, varnishing is very enjoyable, changing the oil on your diesel is fun, but going nowhere on a broad reach at six knots is the best of all. By the way, I have a book which defines sailing as going nowhere very slowly and at great expense!
07-03-2007 12:32 PM
sailingnewby There are many different kinds of sailing. You can race, go out and island jump or just go out for a day on the lake.
06-30-2007 11:43 PM
sailingdog Well said Sailaway21...
06-30-2007 11:17 PM
sailaway21 Viper,

This is just my opinion.

If you are the type of person who likes to be out in the woods, but hates the noise that an ATV or snowmobile makes and that you miss the sights you enjoy most by zipping along on one, you might like sailing.

If your concept of speed is relative, and you enjoy the getting there as much as the "there", you might like sailing.

If you find that just being around and on the water has a salutory effect upon you, you might like sailing.

If you find that the wind will not take you where you wish to go, or there is no wind and you are stuck at the dock, and you still either just sail "nowhere" or putz around at the dock doing a little varnishing, and, at the end of the day, you had an enjoyable day, you're probably already a sailor, or about to become one.

Some of us, you know who you are, are given to going down to the boat, even though it is raining and nasty, and just sit in the cabin reading a book. We like the feel of water under us, while rain is falling on us, and maybe even take a little unplanned nap, awakening with a refreshed mind and heart. We've got it bad and have no wish for any cure.

I hope that gives you a bit of an answer.
06-30-2007 11:09 PM
hellosailor Viper, sailing is about the journey, not the destination.

If that sounds too new-age to you, you probably don't want to go sailing.

Sailing can be many things to many people. It is like a chess game, as you try to optimize everything you are doing. And everything on the boat is interrelated. In racing, the boat is one big "engine" and the crew are each a functioning part of the engine, who all work to make it faster. It can be as thrilling as watching grass grow...or as intense as any competition sport.

But just getting a sailboat and going out won't do much for you. Take an introductory sailing course, because books don't teach sailing any more than they teach polo or soccer. See what interests you, and ask around, you'll find other folks that have boats are willing to take you out as novice racing crew, or just for a daysail to join them and see what it is about.

Will you like it? Dunno. I can't figure out why people play golf or football either.
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